THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES WILL BE PERFORMED APRIL 26 & 27, 2013

NORTH LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE – March 2013— Tahoe SAFE Alliance, formerly Tahoe Women’s Services, announces a benefit production of its 8th showing of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, on behalf of the V-Day 2013 Campaign and Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month in April. This two-night performance will be held April 26th and 27th at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach with doors at 7:00 pm.  The Vagina Monologues includes an ensemble cast of community members reading character-driven pieces, like poetry, each revealing different women’s experiences.  Last year, The Vagina Monologues was performed at the Truckee Community Arts Center and reached more than 500 community members.  Tickets are $25/General Admission and $20/Students and can be purchased online at www.tahoesafealliance.org/v-day.  VIP tables are available for purchase  and includes admission for 6 with complimentary champagne; cost is $350 and seating is limited. Call to reserve: 775-298-0010.  Wine, themed cocktails and baked goods donated by local businesses will be available for purchase.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the V-Day Campaign, a global movement to raise awareness about the need to end violence against women and girls and Tahoe SAFE Alliance aims to bring awareness locally through The Vagina Monologues.  The Vagina Monologues is a powerful vehicle to engage and educate the community on how healthy sexuality is a preventative method to violence.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month and we are providing a vehicle to empower and emphasize self-confidence to women and young girls in our community.

In a recent public interview, Eve Ensler commented about the continued success of her play more than 15 years after it first opened in New York, “Women’s empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. The story of your vagina is the story of your life and women want to talk about their lives.”

Men are also encouraged to attend.  According to Ensler, “Men have daughters; they feel they can actively be involved because they feel they can do something to change the destiny of their daughter’s lives.  Unless men are active allies, we’ll never end violence against women and girls.”

Local Businesses and Individuals Show Support

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is grateful for the support they have received from the community.  If you are interested in supporting Tahoe SAFE Alliance as a sponsor, please contact Dawn Harris at 775-298-0169. Thank you to our current 2013 VDAY Sponsors!

Queen V – $2,000 – $2,500

Darlene Pearson Bray

V-Goddess – $1,500

Dress the Party

V-Angel – $1,000

Tahoe Forest Hospital District

Valentine – $250

Dr. Karen Kucharski

InnerRythms

Tahoe Truckee Lumber

Mamasake

Hennessey Heating & Air

Love – $100

Renewal Dermatology & Laser

Wilson Communications

Tahoe Dave’s

Ring Around the Rosie

Everything’s Hunky Dory

NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine

Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s The Vagina Monologues Crew and Cast

Teresa Crimmens – Director – Teresa enjoys exploring the beautiful Tahoe area with her husband, Michael, and their dog, Kleo. She feels privileged to work with this beautiful and talented cast in Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s production of the Vagina Monologues.

Megan Heatwole – Stage Manager – Megan is an AmeriCorps volunteer serving as Outreach Coordinator for Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Megan hails from Staunton, Virginia and as a theatre  enthusiast she is very excited to be involved in her fourth performance of The Vagina Monologues.

Morgan Burke – Because He Liked to Look at It– Morgan is a student at Sierra Nevada College, studying Psychology. She is really excited to be a part of this production, and supporting such a great cause that lies close to her heart.

Renee Butler- Reclaiming Cunt-Renee is a “certifiable” certified rock hound and lover of hot springs and ghost towns whose best friend testifies that she is a vagina monologue in her own right.  Even though Renee has been an extra in a major film this is her first stage performance.

Eileen Hacker- I Was There in the Room– Since retiring from the classroom, Eileen has been able to devote more time to the activities she loves such as volunteer work with animals, going to nursing homes, theater group, and three choirs.  Busier than ever!

Sarah Linaman-My Vagina Was My Village, Six Year Old Girl – Sarah loved The Vagina Monologues ever since she convinced her friends to go see it with her during her senior year in high school. Sarah dreams of joining the helping profession of nursing, and wants to work with women, families and teens. She wants to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner and work in a Planned Parenthood or a low-income clinic, specializing in women’s health and possibly mental health. Sarah is very excited to be a part of such a compassionate, helping organization such as Tahoe SAFE Alliance!

Jennifer Mallaro- The Vagina Workshop, My Vagina Was My Village– Jennifer recently moved to Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is thrilled to be a part of V Day and performing with a great group of women.

Jaime Olive-The Woman Who Liked to Make Vaginas Happy– Jamie believes theater is a powerful creative outlet and effective tool in spreading awareness; she is thrilled to help share the eye-opening and empowering message of The Vagina Monologues with the community.

Danielle Redlin-The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could– Danielle is a local artist who loves to paint and work with children. She is a bilingual art educator and an instructor of yoga and snowboarding. She is absolutely thrilled to participate in The vagina monologues!

Lindsay Romack-My Angry Vagina- Lindsay loves being a part of this empowering show that helps women break out of the prim and proper mold and into something more raunchy, serious, and hilarious. Besides vaginas, she also likes to talk about music and local events on 101.5FM.

Ester Walters-The Flood– Her first acting experience – she has lived in the Truckee area for 20 years but never had the opportunity to become involved in local theater until now – a childhood dream.  Always an advocate for women’s rights, she is proud to be participating in The Vagina Monologues.  She also fundraises for Relay for Life Truckee Tahoe, and when not fundraising or helping others, you can usually find her dancing in the early morning or hiking the mountains she loves.

Christen Wilcox-HairSix Year Old Girl–  Christen is excited to participate in The Vagina Monologues for the second year in a row and is looking forward to her journey into motherhood.

About V-Day

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, and sex slavery. For the 15th anniversary of V-Day, activists across the world stood together for ONE BILLION RISING which began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Tahoe SAFE Alliance joined activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as to express our outrage and demand for change of the injustices women suffer.

For more information about the V-day 2013 Campaign and 1 BILLION RISING, please visit www.vday.org.

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